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9:20 AM ET, May 14, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Media Attacks On Facebook And Mark Zuckerberg Are Getting Out Of Hand  —  Friday is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 26th birthday.  My guess is he won't be enjoying it as much as he should, given that the top tech story of the day is a look at a private instant message exchange he supposedly had six or seven years ago at Harvard.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dear Mark Zuckerberg:  —  It's clear you are having some PR issues with the changes you've made to Facebook.  —  Folks like Leo Laporte deleted their accounts.  Jason Calacanis is making page view budgets because of these problems.  Jeff Jarvis is taunting you on Twitter.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won't Help Facebook's Privacy Problems  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his company are suddenly facing a big new round of scrutiny and criticism about their cavalier attitude toward user privacy.  —  An early instant messenger exchange Mark had with a college friend …
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Mum's the word from all-hands Facebook company meeting on privacy
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Has Facebook's Active User Growth Dropped 25% to 50%?
Discussion: bizjournals and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:malpern
VentureBeat:
Acer to launch Chrome OS devices in two weeks (exclusive)  —  It's been some time since we received any new details on Chrome OS, Google's web-focused operating system for netbooks.  But that's about to change in a couple weeks.  We've learned from multiple sources that the Taiwanese computer …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS Coming Along Quickly, But Not Ready Just Yet
Discussion: ZDNet and Go Rumors
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Adobe Co-Founder: We Never Abandoned Apple, but Apple Is Abandoning Us  —  A couple of weeks ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs published “Thoughts on Flash,” a 1,671-word execration of Adobe's Flash platform.  —  On Thursday, Adobe co-founders and co-chairmen Chuck Geschke and John Warnock followed suit with some thoughts of their own.
Discussion: InfoWorld, Bits, ZDNet and Mark Sigal's Blog
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Adobe, You Brought An Advertisement To A Gun Fight  —  Adobe, no one seems to want to say this to you, but I will.  Stop it, you're embarrassing yourself.  —  You've just spent God-knows how much money on an ad buy that blankets much of the technology press (including this site).
Discussion: Guardian, Fortune, AdAge, Akihabara News and CrunchGear, Thanks:mlntp
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Absolute Power vs. the Pirate Flag
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google executives reflect on year at annual meeting  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google executives faced little hostility at the company's annual stockholder meeting Thursday, other than a familiar complaint: it's hard to call people at Google.  —  Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt presided …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
OMG: Google Agreed To A $700 Million Kill Fee For AdMob???
Lev Popov / Facebook Blog:
Staying in Control of Your Facebook Logins  —  At Facebook, we're constantly working on new ways to protect you from scams and help you keep your account and information secure.  Today, we're announcing some new tools and systems designed to keep the bad guys out and keep you abreast …
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Facebook IDs hacker who tried to sell 1.5M accounts
Eugene Wei / Hulu Blog:
Pardon Our Dust  —  Today we're releasing several exciting updates to Hulu, most notably a new version of the Hulu video player.  We've posted an overview of the new player, complete with an introductory video, here.  And you can experience the changes for yourself throughout the site.
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Hulu: HTML5 Isn't Ready for Prime Time
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Copywriter Uses People's Incessant Self-Googling to Get a Job  —  If there is one common current that runs throughout all of humanity, it is that everyone Googles themselves all day, every day.  Humans are vain creatures!  Copywriter Alec Brownstein used this fact to get a job via Google AdWords.
Michael Gartenberg / SlashGear:
Two weeks of travel, Ten iPad lessons  —  A while back, I tried traveling on business with nothing but the help of three smart phones.  I quickly ran into the headroom of those devices and, by the time I was home, I had a huge list of tasks I needed to deal with that could only be done on a computer.
Discussion: ZDNet
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Dell's Streak micro-tablet to hit Europe in June, US “later this summer”  —  I'm not sure who among you is really pumped about a 5-inch tablet when we've got phones approaching that size, but hey, diff'rent tablets for diff'rent... users, right?  It looked okay when we saw it a while back …
Michael VanDeMar / Smackdown!:
Hosting With GoDaddy?  Might Want To Rethink That Decision.  —  One of the services I offer people is cleaning their Wordpress installations of hacks and infections, mostly for those who might not have the time or technical expertise to follow my hacked Wordpress cleaning guide.
Alex Wilhelm / TNW Social Media:
New Social Networking Darling Diaspora* Has An Idea Problem  —  To begin, congratulations to the Diaspora* team on their initial fundraising success.  I fully appreciate the sentiment behind their project; they have touched a nerve among the thousands of people who feel jilted by Facebook's recent actions.
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony Considers Developing a Tablet Computer to Compete With Apple's IPad  —  Sony Corp. is considering developing a tablet-style computer that would compete with Apple Inc.'s iPad, though it wants more evidence consumers will buy them, a company executive said.
Discussion: Tech Eye, Ubergizmo and Pocket-lint
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Let's Try This Again: How Much Web Video Is Really iPad-Ready?  —  Steve Jobs says there's no reason to cling to Flash video on the Web, because most Web video also works on the H.264/HTML5 standard he's supporting.  —  But Adobe (ADBE) says the majority of the Web's video uses its Flash standard.
Discussion: Mashable!, Post Tech, TUAW and MacDailyNews
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Much Web Video Is iPad-Ready? About Two-Thirds. Really.
 
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Cellphones Now Used More for Data Than for Calls
Discussion: Gizmodo and Phone Arena, Thanks:markmayhew
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Yahoo's massive new headquarters plan approved
Chris Pirillo:
Twitter Expanding Short URLs - Accessible via Search
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Microsoft, Yahoo Start Sorting Through Paid Search Ad Problems
Discussion: ZDNet and WebProNews
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
FCC's Genachowski: We're At The ‘Pre-Beginning’ With Third Way
Discussion: Company Town, GigaOM and MediaPost
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
You're Welcome, You Bastards  —  A week ago we posted two excerpts …
Discussion: Medialoper, Thanks:mayank25may
John Gruber / Macworld:
This is how Apple rolls  —  Like other products, the iPad will start small, but grow large